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Art in the Frick Collection : Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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In Art in the Frick Collection, museum director Charles Ryskamp takes readers on a tour of the Frick's permanent collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer as well as Renaissance sculpture and 18th-century French furnishings. Ryskamp begins with a biography of Henry Clay Frick, detailing his development as an art collector, and then guides us through the evolution of the museum, which is housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion Frick himself helped design and in which he lived until his death. Large (in some cases full-page) photographs of art are naturally the focus here, but the accompanying text, written by the museum's curators, elucidates both the work and the artists who rendered it. Illustrating why Frick's collection is a model for many other notable American art collections, this graceful book is worth the price of admission.
From Publishers Weekly
The Frick Collection is habitually called a gem by its many admirers. It's easy to see why: many of its galleries, while hardly mean, are more intimate than most American museums, and most of its collection is of brilliant quality. For the past 30 or so years, the collection has been catalogued in eight volumes of The Frick Collection: An Illustrated Catalogue (the ninth and final volume is in preparation). In Art in the Frick Collection, the museum's director, Charles Ryskamp, and others draw on this immense work to present over 140 of the museum's greatest paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. One famous work follows another, including Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, Hans Holbein's St. Thomas More, Rembrandt's The Polish Rider, Vermeer's Officer and Laughing Girl and Ingres's Comtesse D'Haussonville, not to mention sculptures by Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Allesandro Algardi and Jean-Antoine Houdon. Includes 198 illustrations, 178 in color.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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